Cape Town Buys One More Month

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Cape Town Buys One More Month

Residents of drought-stricken Cape Town received good news Tuesday when city officials said they now face losing piped water to their homes by July 9 - a month later than last forecast.

Day Zero was previously set at June 4 and many retail stores have already placed limits on how much bottled water consumers may purchase at a time.

The DA is now facing both a water crisis in the Cape and an internal crisis of its own as it battles factional infighting in its City of Cape Town caucus that has left Mayor Patricia de Lille out of the loop on managing the water crisis.

"Day Zero, the day we may have to start queuing for water, has now moved to 9 July due to a weekly drop in dam levels of only 0.5 per cent (as compared to a 1.9 per cent drop in 2014)", Deputy Mayor Ian Neilson said in a statement.

Cape Town residents are urged not to ease up on water saving efforts.

"We anticipate that Day Zero could move back into June again. unless we are able to meet the 450 MLD collective water usage target".

A range of activities over the weekend include talks; exhibits on water technology, composting toilets and DIY; workshops on water saving, harvesting and grey water treatment; the 25-litre challenge; family-friendly kid's activities; and community engagements with a panel of experts about Day Zero. He encouraged Capetonians "to use under 50L per day" in order for Day Zero to be "pushed even further back" and "defeated altogether".

Maimane also expressed gratitude to farmers from Groenland for transferring water from their private reservoirs to help replenish dwindling supplies in the Steenbras storage dam last week.

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